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Sweet 16th Maple in the County festival taps into spring

A mixed bag of weather greeted the sweet 16th celebration of the first harvest of the year and the unofficial kick-off to tourist season in Prince Edward County.

The weekend opened with a dash of freezing rain, then rain, then sunshine – as thousands of visitors celebrated all things maple on Saturday and Sunday.

A dozen sugarbushes and numerous additional event locations welcomed visitors to enjoy everything from sugar shack tours, pancake breakfasts and maple infused delights, along with hikes through maple woods and visits with farm animals.

New to the tour this year was Loha Farms on Lucks Crossroad, where Chris Armstrong and his family welcomed the Prince Edward County Firefighters to serve up a traditional pancake breakfast.

Loha joined Justin Williams site and Roblin’s Maple Syrup as the three new sugarbushes this year. Several wineries, restaurants and local organizations also participated with maple-themed food, drink and events.

Chris Armstrong (second from right) with firefighters who served up an all-day pancake breakfast at Loha Farms, new to Maple in the County this year.

Hearing PECMH nurses Cheryl Minaker and Nancy Lough were chilly taking payments for breakfasts at Loha, John Carter left his post at the firefighter’s grills to offer warm hugs.

Olivia Branco, 7, of Kingston enjoyed her first taste of Maple in the County during breakfast at Loha Farms.

Amy Baldwin and boil master Jordan Smart explained the process of making maple syrup at the Waupoos Estates Winery and Sugarbush.

Kyle Baldwin was kept busy serving taste treats of taffy delights over the weekend at Waupoos Estates Winery and Sugarbush.

Kayde Channell and Alanna Baldwin with two-week-old goats Charlie and Zeebee. The barn at Waupoos Estates Winery was abuzz with visitors meeting goats, pigs and birds.

Meagan Gauvin sneaks a taste of syrup from a tree bucket learning it’s not yet the same as the delicious treat before processing.


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